After reviewing Samsung’s latest line of high-end smartphones, namely the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3, getting our hands on the Galaxy A52s 5G was like a breath of fresh air.
Finally, something I wasn’t too afraid to handle! To be fair, I have to admit that this phone feels less solid than the premium phones, so I was as careful as possible.
One of the last budget Samsung phones I reviewed was the A72 in March 2021, and I was really impressed with what I saw and experienced.
The A52s is no different in the sense that it looks almost identical, and you will really only find differences in its hardware.
Weighing in at just 189g, you could tell that’s thanks to its matte plastic back which, while very pretty to look at in the Phantom Black variant, was extremely easy to smudge with nasty fingerprints.
Tapping your fingernails on its back also gives you that “hollow” sound typical of plastic-backed phones. Despite that, I would say the phone still has some weight, which makes it comfortable to hold.
Samsung also kept the screen with a flat edge, so there were no accidental touches. With a Super AMOLED display like the A72’s, it was just as vibrant and clear, but a new addition is the option of a 120Hz refresh rate.
Its similar 800 nits brightness also meant you could easily see your screen when you were in the sun (although you probably had to maximize your brightness for clarity).
The A52’s camera body is also sleek, and the bulge is not very noticeable. It wouldn’t be fair to compare the cameras of the A52 to the A72, but in terms of A52 cameras versus A52s, there is hardly any difference.
The A52s and its predecessor both have a 64MP wide, 12MP ultralarge, 5MP macro, and 5MP depth camera.
Testing the cameras in my backyard during the day yielded some good photos, although I didn’t have very high expectations anyway.
In terms of hardware, the A52s get an upgrade to the Qualcomm SM7325 Snapdragon 778G. As always, I’m not sure what those numbers and letters mean, but playing Genshin Impact on the A52s at least wasn’t an experience that made me want to break my head.
Playing on the lowest graphics settings allowed me to have minimal lag, and apart from minor screen stuttering from time to time (this game can get flashy), the A52s handled the game well.
Like the A52, the A52s has a 4,500mAh battery and charges fairly quickly. With occasional use, even with a 120Hz screen, the phone could last about a day.
Enabling power saving mode would of course help you save more juice.
Impressed at first glance
Many budget phones on the market are now quite competitive in terms of offerings, and everyone will have their preferences for some feature or another.
The A52s is impressive for the most part, but it’s not the cheapest budget phone you could get on the market at RM 1,899. In fact, its price is similar to that of the A72.
I think what’s a shame is that Malaysia still lacks 5G infrastructure nationwide, which makes devices with 5G capabilities moot at this point.
Personally, I don’t think we’ll see any progress and limits in 5G development for at least the next few years, and by then it’s likely that better 5G phones will hit the market as well, that they be economical or flagship. .
In that sense, I think the A52 is a bit too early for the Malaysian market, and therefore its value here is diminished. But overall, it’s still a solid phone.
I’ll write a full review on this device soon as there’s more than that that wasn’t covered in this first impression, so stay tuned!
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